Thursday, 24 October 2013

A good day for a Penduline...

ARC - 0930hrs - Warm, sunny, light airs - Perfect weather and time of year for a Penduline Tit... or so I thought. Checked in front of Hanson, the willow trail and around Tower Pits but all to no avail. In the scrub several passerine flocks with Long-tailed Tits, Chiffchaffs, Reed Buntings and a Blackcap, plus 3 singing Cetti`s Warblers, 2 Green Woodpeckers and a Sparrowhawk. Overhead a light passage of Mipits, Skylarks, Chaffinches and a Siskin. On the shingle ridges hundreds of Goldies and Lapwings as well as the resident Glossy Ibis, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Blackwit, Greenshank, Snipe and Dunlins. Also good numbers of dabblers, Red-crested Pochard, Black-necked Grebe and a flyover Bittern.
Lade - 1630hrs - A Great White Egret was of note on the far side of south lake sheltering from the increasing wind.
ps: A Penduline Tit was reported in front of Hanson around midday, plus a Red-necked Grebe on the lake (per BP).

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